22 Mar 2015 Leave a comment
I am posting a couple of wide-angle shots to give an impression about the general conduct of the naval parade.
For the photos of the ships click here.
22 Mar 2015 1 Comment
On 18 March 2015, Turkish Navy organised a Naval Parade in Çanakkale Strait to commemorate Turkish Victory over the Allied Armada 100 years ago.
6 Navy and Coast Guard helicopters, 3 maritime patrol planes and 6 Army helicopters took part in a fly over. And the Turkish Stars, the aerobatic demonstration team of the Turkish Air Force made a display. The focal point of the commemorations was the Çanakkale Martyrs’ Memorial, was off the limit for me. But I was never the less able to take photos of the warships taking part in the parade, Coast Guard Boats, providing security and ships that were open for public.
The point ship of the naval parade was the replica of the small minelayer TCG Nusret. She was followed by TCG Alanya, TCG Akçakoca and TCG Ayvalık. This was a very propitiate selection ans the mines of the original Nusret laid 100 years ago had a had very definitive results, from the point of view of the continuation of the battle and the future of the world, the mines laid as Sir Winston Churchill once said.
22 Mar 2015 2 Comments
The last of the Type 45 class destroyers, HMS Duncan made a port visit in Çanakkale during the 18 March Naval Victory Commemorations. I do not know her exact arrival and departure dates but she was there on 17, 18 and 19 March.
She was commissioned in 2013 and left UK for her maiden deployment to the Mediterranean and Middle East on 2 March 2015.
8 Mar 2015 1 Comment
On 7 March 2015, a Turkish Navy, Atılay class submarine was sighted passing through Bosphorus.
Since Turkish Navy stopped painting the pennant number of the submarines on their hulls, it is impossible to identify each individual submarine anymore. While this new painting scheme helps the submarines to blend and prevents IR/FLIR/LLTV using trackers or electro-optic directors any high contrast target, it makes ship spotting difficult.
Last month when USS Cole was in the Black Sea it was reported that she had participated in an underway engagement with Turkish frigate F-243 TCG Yıldırım and submarine S-350 TCG Yıldıray on 21 February 2015.
Since this is the first Atılay class submarine returning from the Black Sea and the only one recently reported to be deployed in the region, I think it is safe to say that this submarine is S-350 TCG Yıldıray.
7 Dec 2014 Leave a comment
The Karel Doorman class frigate of Belgian Navy BNS Leopold 1 left Istanbul on 6 December 2014. The frigate arrived in Istanbul for a short port visit on her way back to Belgium, after ending her deployment for EU anti piracy operation Atalanta.
3 Dec 2014 1 Comment
This morning around 9.00 the Karel Doorman class frigate from Belgian Naval Forces F-930 BNS Leopold 1 arrived in Istanbul for a port visit.
The duration of the port visit is not disclosed. As far as I know, this is the first visit of BNS Leopold 1 in Istanbul. She is returning home from EU anti piracy mission Atalanta.
13 Nov 2014 5 Comments
The US, Arleigh Burke class destroyer DDG-71 USS Ross ended its port visit in Istanbul on 13 November 2014 and headed to the Mediterranean.
USS Ross, arrived in Istanbul on 9 November and made a 5 day stop here. She was deployed between 6 and 9 November to the Black Sea where she had performed underway engagement with Romanian Navy. This second deployment of USS Ross to the Black Sea was the shortest deployment of an US Navy warship in 2014.
9 Nov 2014 Leave a comment
US Arleigh Burke class destroyer DDG-71 USS Ross arrived today for a probably 3 day port visit in Istanbul.
USS Ross operating in the US 6th Fleet was deployed between 6 and 9 November to the Black Sea where she had performed underway engagement with Romanian Navy. This second deployment of USS Ross to the Black Sea was the shortest deployment of an US Navy warship in 2014.
Turkish MEKO 200 Track I class frigate, F-241 TCG Turgutreis is also conducting a port visit in Istanbul. It is a customs of Turkish Navy to be present when foreign warships visit Turkish ports.
29 Oct 2014 1 Comment
Today we are celebrating the 91th anniversary the creation of Turkish Republic.
I am grateful to those who made it possible for me and my family to live in this beautiful country under our own flag.
And I can’t think of a better was to celebrate our independence with a couple of elegantly decorated ships.
3 Sep 2014 Leave a comment
US Navy destroyer, DDG-71 USS Ross passed through the Turkish Straits today and entered to the Black Sea.
The Arleigh Burke class ship, is one of the 4 ships upgraded with the Ballistic Missile Defense System and forward deployed in Rota, Spain.